1989 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 3.3 V6 from North America
Best I've ever owned!
Timing chain replaced at about 197000.
PS went out at about 200000.
Alternator went out at about 250000.
Ball joints changed at about 250000 and 430000.
Fuel pump replaced at about 200000.
Computer replaced at about 300000.
Most standard parts changed (tie rod ends, wheel cylinders, etc.)
A great car!
I used to drive 1000 miles between Ft Collins Colorado to Austin TX every few weeks in 1993-1995. It never let me down.
Engine and transmission have not been rebuilt. Trans is reluctant to shift when temperatures are low.
3.3 was a great engine. Typically got 32-34, and sometimes 38 mpg. Still get 25-32 mpg on highway.
Interior is rather ratty now (leather seats) but it starts when the key is turned and it gets me where I'm going, plus my employer pays me 58.5 cents per mile for me to drive it. Employer has bought this car a couple of times at least.
My mechanic thinks I'm crazy when I take it on the road, but I have had less trouble from it than any other car I've ever owned.
Can't believe GM killed Olds. I once had 3 Oldsmobiles at one time with a total of >625000 miles on the 3.
One other person commented on their car having the Energizer in it. Mine is definitely an Energizer bunny if there ever was one!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2008
10th Aug 2008, 09:49
434,000 miles and still kicking. Must be one of those crappy American cars I have been hearing about but never experienced myself.
10th Aug 2008, 11:09
I agree the demise of Oldsmobile is a shame - most of my favorite cars have been Olds. However the source of these good cheap cars was General Motors engineering - cheap and basic. The 3.3 was a Buick motor, and the Century was an absolute twin of your Ciera. Alas since about 1995 GM has gone 'modern' or higher tech like the rest, so there's nothing good out there.
2nd May 2018, 01:41
On a 6! Great to hear it. The older cars are better. I've got a '95 Deville with the base 4.9 V8, last year for a good Caddy drive train. I'm looking at a lower miles Ciera for better MPG.